About Rhino Mercy
Rhino Mercy Fundamentals
Why Choose Rhino Mercy?
Why choose Rhino Mercy from all the rhino organizations doing good work? Because what we are doing to save this iconic mega herbivore from extinction is fundamentally different than all others. Rhino Mercy does not support the classic response to wildlife crime which has been to simply train more rangers with more guns. Our 'boots on the ground' strategy exists to support a more comprehensive social approach desinged to stop gateway and high value wildlife crimes, provide jobs in conservation, build environmental patriotism, and combat the lack of 'food security' that sometimes drives bushmeat poaching.
Pre-pandemic, rhinos were being poached at a rate of three per day across South Africa and now in 2022 the rates are starting to climb again. Though the total number or Rhinos killed has decreased, we believe it is becasue the overall rhino population has been diminished.
The reality of what is happening to these magnificent mega herbivores is horrific. They are shot at night and when the rhino is subdued the horn is removed with an axe; this often occurs while the rhino is fully aware of what is happening and suffering horrendous pain and terror! Sometimes a rhino survives the gunshot and facial attack just long enough to die a slow agonizing death by bleeding out through the face and sinus passages; we must stop this brutal wildlife crime!
Please watch the video 'Story of Geza below; it will break your heart (not suitable for young children). Sadly, the 'Story of Geza' is far more common that you can imagine. Please consider helping us by donating to one or more of our initiatives on this website; they are aimed at stopping the slaughter of all endangered species.
Story of Geza
The key initiatives of Rhino Mercy are:
1) Develop support for preservation strategies such as anti-poaching unit training, support, and technology applications.
2) Develop basic education, academic research, and experiential opportunities into the bush.
3) Develop environmental leadership, best stewardship practices, and the mitigation of human/wildlife conflict.
4) Develop alternatives to traditional food security norms aimed at reducing bushmeat poaching.